Before being placed on
to the Gulf Coast Railroad Museum, No. 1237 carried helium from the
Panhandle to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The gas is used by NASA to pressurize Space Shuttle fuel tanks.
The helium car's acquisition was spear-headed by NASA
Gulf Coast Chapter Member Mario Runco, shown at left above with Gulf
Railroad Museum Past President David Taveirne.
The car is composed of a series of 30,
wall "long bottle tanks" to house 3000 lbs of helium under pressure.
tanks are laid out in a array of 5 rows, by 6 tanks wide. One end of
car has large steel doors that open to expose the control valves and
Tare (empty) weight is 235,000 lbs
making these cars among the heaviest freight cars ever built. Two
totally separate braking systems are used on the car (one set per
to provide the braking force needed for the heavy car.
The unique helium car has been on display at the museum
Back to Roster Index
Back to Home Page